For the first time in a couple of weeks it’s not a member of the Los Angeles Angels who gets MLB’s Player Of The Week but a Seattle Mariner, Mitch Haniger, who also plays in the American League West against Shohei Ohtani and company.
Willy Adames of the Milwaukee Brewers grabbed the National League Award.
Is Haniger a Trade Piece Or a Key Piece?
A recent Seattle Times piece talked about whether Haniger would be dealt at the deadline. At that time the Mariners were 33-35 and not close to the AL West lead at all.
Last week though Haniger single handedly almost demolished the Angels and maybe even their playoff hopes with a .455/.533/1.092 slash line. He had five hits in 15 plate appearances, including a double and two home runs last week.
He scored seven runs and drove in six runs while working a pair of walks and getting hit by a pair of pitches. He didn’t strike out in the series.
He has largely helped a Mariners team that shouldn’t really be in contention given their inexperience. Even when Jared Kelenic did come up to the Majors and was subsequently sent down again, Kelenic’s potential was seen but has not yet been realized.
Adames Helps Surging Brewers In The National League Central
Willy Adames was a .197 hitter when the Tampa Bay Rays traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers and since then he has been the Brewers best hitter.
He was a driving force for the Crew’s offense, going 8-for-13 (.615) with seven RBIs, six runs scored and a pair of homers to win Player Of The Week Honours.
Christian Yelich who lost the 2019 National League MVP to Cody Bellinger and was one of the better hitter’s in baseball when winning the 2018 MVP Award hasn’t been the same hitter so far this year.
Adames has picked up a lot of the slack as his Player Of The Week numbers indicate.